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ICNP 2 Recommendations

ICNP 2 Recommendation 2/5

2/5.Measures to assist in capacity-building, capacity development and strengthening of human resources and institutional capacities in developing countries and Parties with economies in transition

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization,
1.Invites Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to take into account the domestic needs and priorities of Parties and indigenous and local communities contained in annex I when designing and/or providing support for capacity-building and development activities to effectively implement the Protocol;
2.Agrees that a strategic framework should guide the capacity-building and development policies and actions of Parties, donors and other actors and include a set of practical capacity-building and development activities in support of the effective implementation of the Protocol;
3.Recommends that the Conference of the Parties at its eleventh meeting adopts a decision along the following lines:
The Conference of the Parties,
1.Requests the Executive Secretary, in collaboration with relevant organizations, as appropriate, and subject to the availability of financial resources, to continue supporting capacity-building and development activities to support ratification, early entry into force and implementation of the Protocol;
2.Invites Parties, other Governments, international organizations, the Global Environment Facility, regional development banks and other financial institutions, to provide financial resources to support capacity-building and development initiatives to support ratification, early entry into force and implementation of the Protocol;
3.Invites Parties, other Governments, and relevant organizations to undertake and provide support for capacity-building and development initiatives to support ratification, early entry into force and implementation of the Protocol, taking into account the domestic needs and priorities of Parties and indigenous and local communities contained in annex I.
4.Requests the Executive Secretary, subject to the availability of funds, to organize an expert meeting to develop a draft strategic framework, taking into account the synthesis of views and information on domestic needs and priorities and the proposed elements of the strategic framework for capacity-building and development under the Nagoya Protocol contained in the synthesis of views and information received on domestic needs and priorities and the proposed elements of the strategic framework for capacity-building and development under the Nagoya Protocol (UNEP/CBD/ICNP/2/10), the wealth of experiences and lessons learned from existing access and benefit-sharing related capacity-building and development initiatives and access and benefit-sharing related bilateral cooperation, as well as the summary of views expressed at the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee as contained in annex II below, in accordance with the following terms of reference:
(a)Composition: A maximum of up to three experts per region and five observers will be selected, taking into account their expertise, the need to ensure equitable geographical distribution, and with due regard to gender balance;
(b)Duration: The expert meeting will take place over a period of three days; and
(c)Reporting: The draft strategic framework developed by the expert meeting will be submitted for the consideration of a future meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee or the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol.
5.Invites Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to provide financial support for the organization of the expert meeting;
4.Recommends that the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol, at its first meeting adopts a decision along the following lines:
The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol,
Recognizing the wealth of experiences and lessons learned as well as instruments and methodologies that have been developed under various ABS capacity development initiatives, such as the ABS Capacity Development Initiative that has expanded from Africa to other regions,
(a)Adopts the strategic framework for capacity-building and development in support of the effective implementation of the Protocol;
(b)Invites Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to carry out capacity-building and development activities consistent with the strategic framework;
(c)Invites Parties, other Governments, international organizations, the Global Environment Facility, regional development banks and other financial institutions, to provide financial resources to support the implementation of the strategic framework.”

Annex II

SUMMARY OF VIEWS ON THE PROPOSED ELEMENTS OF THE STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR CAPACITY-BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE NAGOYA PROTOCOL

1.The following summarizes the views expressed at the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on the proposed elements of the strategic framework for capacity-building and development under the Nagoya Protocol.

A. Objectives

2.It was suggested that Article 22, paragraph 1, of the Protocol could serve as basis for the objective of the strategic framework.
3.With regard to the role and nature of the strategic framework, a number of delegations were of the view that it should be designed as plan of action or programme providing services on capacity-building and development to developing countries. Some delegations were of the view that the strategic framework should be designed both as reference document to guide policies and actions of Parties for capacity-building and development in support of the effective implementation of the Protocol and a plan of action.
4.One Party was of the view that the strategic framework should serve as a reference document and not as a plan of action but that it should establish priorities identified by recipients to facilitate implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

B. Experience and lessons learned from past and ongoing access and benefit-sharing capacity-building and development initiatives

5.The following was suggested in relation to this element:
(a)Incorporation of some of the lessons learned outlined in section III B of the note by the Executive Secretary on synthesis of views and information on domestic needs and priorities and on the proposed elements of the strategic framework for capacity-building and development in support of the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, prepared for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (UNEP/CBD/ICNP/2/10) as guiding principles of the strategic framework, including those in relation to ensuring sustainability; and
(b)Publication of lessons learned on capacity-building and development in the ABS Clearing-house.

C. Guiding principles and approaches to capacity-building and development

6.The following guiding principles and approaches were suggested :
(a)The strategic framework should promote the development of sustainable capacities for Parties to comply with the requirements of the Nagoya Protocol; and
(b)The strategic framework should enable the identification of gaps in past and existing ABS capacity development initiatives and areas where capacity-building assistance is further needed.

D. Key areas for capacity-building and development and measures to build or develop capacity under the key areas

7.Capacity-building and development for promoting the ratification of the Protocol was identified as a priority.

E. Mechanisms for the implementation of capacity-building and development measures

F. Coordination mechanism

8.The following was suggested in relation to this element:
(a)Linking the coordination mechanism to the ABS Clearing-house as a way of promoting coordination and exchange of experiences among Parties; and
(b)Coordination of donors and users on the basis of factual reports of activities and outcomes in recipient countries as a means to identify sustainability, priority actions and gaps.

G. Cooperation among Parties and with relevant processes and programmes

9.The following was suggested in relation to this element:
(a)Promotion of cooperation at the bilateral, regional and international levels; and
(b)Establishment cooperation between and among Parties, relevant processes and programmes within their mandates on a voluntary basis.

H. Monitoring and review

10.It was suggested that the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol should monitor and review the strategic framework.

I. Possible sequence of actions for the implementation of the strategic framework

11.It was suggested that given that capacity-building will be country-specific, the sequence of actions for the implementation of the strategic framework will depend upon the stage of development of ABS processes within each country.

J. Financial and other resource requirements

12.It was suggested that capacity-building and development be financed through established multilateral and bilateral channels, including the Global Environment Facility.

K. Other possible elements

13.Sustainability of capacity-building and development activities was identified as a possible additional element of the strategic framework.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme